MyCareer as an Occupational Therapist

Abstract

Occupational therapists as sometimes described as OTs are the ones who have been known to add a purpose to the lives of disabled people. This list includes the people who have been inflicted with some disease as well the ones who have suffered an accident and are trying to recover from it. Individuals are facilitated to participate in the occupations in which they are interested so as they realize the associated importance of life.

Introduction

I, as an occupational therapist, have seen people heal out of their minds, as well as their physical disabilities by taking up the occupations as these people can practically use their mental intellect along with the entire social and physical powers. The main question that I, as an occupational therapist has addressed is the difficulties that a person is facing in managing the daily life activities that include a job as well as the social life. The second part of the question that has been addressed by us is that what we can do to help this person in managing these daily life activities.

Main Body

We as occupational therapists help these disabled people recover in life by taking up an occupation and thereby managing their lives in a better manner (The United States Department of Labor. Oc 24).

I have been assisting clients who are disabled in one too many ways to take up the occupation in which they are interested. One of the most inspiring examples that have inspired me into this occupation has been the scenario that had been adopted during the First World War. The wounded soldiers who had been bedridden had started to knit on the hospital beds while they were being treated.

In my occupation, on the daily basis, I have seen many clients who are too weak for gaining physical strength and these are the clients who I help to take up the exercise on gradual terms to increase their physical strengths. In addition to this, I have been engaged in helping the clients to use all their senses so as to discern the patterns as well as helping some of them to improve their visual activity. Dressing, cooking, eating, painting, exercising are some of the activities that are on the list of being the most frequently used activities for the therapy (Shatkin, and Michael 45).

I have been able to help some of the patients by providing them with special types of equipment that they can use at their homes as these types of equipment include the specially designed computer-based types of equipment by which the severely disabled clients can communicate with the surrounding world.

I have been able to work not only with the elderly but with people of every age group as severe disabilities can strike anyone; these include children and teenagers as well. Clients who are mentally disabled are the ones who are difficult to deal but these clients, according to me are a challenge, and improving the conditions of their lives is an aim for us.

In this case, I have helped clients who are suffering from short-term memory loss. The lists are made by us and the client is allowed to memorize these lists and the mental exercise is done in this case when the client tries to recall the lists (The United States Department of Labor. Oc 50).

Conclusion

As an occupational therapist, the main fact that I have been able to learn is that occupational deprivation is addressed with all the environmental factors in the people who have suffered in life. The people are the ones who are disabled emotionally, mentally, as well as physically. An importance that is associated with the health and the well-being of a person is the one main point that is reflected in these disabled individuals and this is one by making these people understand the importance of taking up occupation.

Works Cited

Shatkin, Laurence., and Michael, J. Farr. Best jobs for the twenty-first century;JIST’s best jobs series. 3rd Edition. JIST Works.

The United States Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-2007 Edition Occupational outlook handbook. McGraw-Hill Professional, 2006.